THE GIFT OF LIFE
In 2014, Tim Rasmusson passed away unexpectedly from an ascending aortic aneurysm.
Since then, Tim’s parents Jackie and Steve, along with his friends and family, have held a 5K fun run/walk in honor of him and to help raise money and awareness for a good cause.
The annual event helps raise money for the Gift of Life Transplant House and helps bring awareness for the importance of organ donations.
The annual event and foundation first started after Tim’s death. His family wanted to do something to make sure his memory would always live on, and after his passing, they learned that he was an organ donor. Because of the amount of people who can have their lives changed from an organ transplant, they knew that it would be a good choice.
“It makes me feel really good that Tim will always be remembered,” Jackie said. Tim’s parents explained that they have raised a lot of awareness and money for the important cause, which shows how many people care about Tim. She also explained that many people that knew Tim still come up to them and let them know how much they liked Tim.
Since Tim’s passing, some of his organs have been used as transplants. Jackie explained that seeing Tim’s memory live on in others is something that gives them some comfort.
“It brought some comfort to us,” Jackie said.
For the first race, they said, they expected to get about 100 people there, but they ended up with about 500 people there to support the good cause.
“If we had 100 people there we thought it be a good success,” Jackie said. “I was blown away to see how many people there,” she added.
The foundation was developed based on three key principles, which is honoring and remembering Tim. Bringing family and friends together to do good things within the community. And to bring awareness about the process and importance of organ dominations.
Since the foundation has been started, the family has been pleased by seeing more and more people checking the box to become an organ donor whether its when they are getting their hunting and fishing licenses, or their drivers license at the DMV.
Jackie and Steve encourage people to consider becoming organ donors and to talk to their families about it in advance so they know what their wishes are.
“Becoming an organ donor is truly the most unselfish thing someone can do,” Jackie said. “It's truly the gift of life,” she added.
The fifth annual 5K fun/run walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 starting at 9 a.m. at East Silver Lake Park in Rochester.
For more information about the foundation and to sign up go to www.timrasmussonfoundation.com/2019-timmay-5k-registration.